Did you ever not click with anybody? Well, Junie B. and May don’t really click and that’s why I think this was a funny play!
The holiday event before the play was very jolly and had lots of spirit worked into it. Everyone was very happy and cheerful and there were lots of fun crafts. There was a Junie B Jones trivia contest and the little kids looked like lots of bees swarming around Mr. Colin with the answer to the questions to win prizes, like what was Junie B’s stuffed elephant’s name? and what is Grandpa Miller’s first name? I asked the teacher of jingle bells, Miss Kim, her favorite part of the event and it was teaching the kids how to do the choreography for jingle bells.
I asked two of the people who asked the trivia questions and handed out the prizes, Mr. Colin and Mr. Eric, what their favorite parts were. Colin’s favorite part was handing out gifts to people to make them happy and Eric’s favorite part was just seeing everyone because he and Colin just came back from a two month tour of Rock the Presidents and they missed everyone.
A lot of work went into this whole event. Jodie planned it all and many people helped. Miss Kim, Mr. Max and Miss Thea taught people how to dance and sing at the Jingle Bells station. Miss Samantha and Mr. Steve helped at the ornament decorating station. Miss Ellen and Miss MaryLisa worked at the wrapping paper station, and Miss Jamie, Miss Jamie, and Miss Jasmine helped at the cookie decorating station. Thank you all for making such a great time!
The first thing I knew when I walked into the theater that it was going to be a really good play because there were lots of leaves and a school because I’ve always loved school. When the lights turned on, and the actors came on stage, it looked like a good play because their costume pieces were very artistic including Lucille’s puffy costumes. It was a hilarious show because there were lots of funny moments and everyone shared a laugh from time to time. I heard lots of kids giggling in the middle of the funny parts which was really, really cute. My favorite part of the show was when Junie B and her classmates went to the toy store and they found a really funny surprising toy that they all wanted. They did a funny slow-motion dance and when the characters froze, Junie B spoke from her first grade journal. So that is why I suggest going see Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells Batman Smells.
Miss Sam gave the Kid Reporters a tour of backstage and the stage itself. I found out that the actors really doodled in their notebooks on stage while they were sitting at their desks. They drew snowmen and stuff. I found out that the boats they used in the Christopher Columbus play are very light. The props are on tables right off stage so that the actors can just grab them and come back into the scene. They showed us how you can pull up signs by just pulling a rope, but it’s harder than it looks. There was a Squeeze-a-Burp that was used in the play so we got to touch that and the huge version that lights up. We found out that when you pick it up, it has a sensor so that it turns on immediately.
Miss Sam took us to the dressing rooms where we interviewed the actors. They were hilarious and nice and they always answered my questions with a good answer.
Miss Katie said that this is the 3rd time they’ve performed Junie B. Jones at Tempe Center for the Arts. They practiced for about 8 weeks total. The first time they did the play, they practiced for 3 weeks, then 2 weeks, then the last one 2 weeks including tech rehearsals. When Katie was a little kid, she was a little like Junie B because she was pretty sassy!
Kate’s favorite thing about acting is getting to explore about people and animal characters and getting to be all kinds of people that are very different or similar to her.
Dwayne said that everything is set up back stage so it’s very easy for us to grab stuff at the beginning of the show. For example, all of his Columbus stuff is set up.
Even though May and Junie B don’t click together, I really clicked with the actors!
Alexander Flores, 3rd grade journal : )